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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1040 asked in the Legislative Council on 26 October 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 26 October 2022

DRUG AND PILL TESTING SERVICE

1040. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the recent discovery of a new drug in Canberra—CanKet—through the Australian Capital Territory's drug and pill testing service.

(1) Has the drug been detected in WA; and, if so, how?

(2) Does the government plan to introduce a drug and pill testing service in Western Australia?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. Please forgive my pronunciation of the word that I am about to try to say.

(1) A white powder that was submitted for routine drug analysis by the Western Australia Police Force has tentatively been identified by the ChemCentre as the 2-fluoro isomer—identical molecular formulae—of fluorexetamine. Fluorexetamine has recently been referred to as CanKet. Due to the similarities of the two compounds, further analysis is required to make an unequivocal identification.

(2) The McGowan government continues to monitor current drug checking programs in New Zealand, Canberra and globally as part of the Overdose Strategy Group and Emerging Drug Network of Australia—EDNA. There is no intention to introduce a drug and pill testing service in Western Australia.